These homemade vegan and gluten-free Baked Chocolate Donuts with Chocolate Ganache Glaze are light, fluffy, moist and have a rich chocolate flavor that makes them so incredibly decadent.  The chocolate ganache glaze makes them extra indulgent and allows for festive toppings like dye-free sprinkles or coconut flakes.  The donuts are naturally sweetened and refined sugar-free and nut-free too. 

Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Donuts

Vegan and gluten-free baked chocolate donuts covered in a decadent chocolate ganache glaze are totally swoon-worthy and so easy to make.  Everyone who tries these baked donuts cannot believe how incredibly delicious they are.  They are perfectly sweet and chocolaty and every bite is pure chocolate heaven.  The interior of the donut is light and tender and yet it is sturdy and holds together perfectly. 

Vegan and Gluten Free Baked Chocolate Donuts

When to serve baked chocolate donuts?

Um, anytime!  But I love to serve them for brunch or a healthier dessert option.  They would be fun for Valentine’s Day or any day you want a healthier chocolate treat.  Just change up the toppings from heart sprinkles to any sprinkle or even unsweetened shredded coconut.  You can even leave the ganache glaze off if you want to keep them extra healthy for an easy on-the-go breakfast.  

Vegan and Gluten Free and Refined Sugar Free Chocolate Donuts

Ingredients for these Vegan and Gluten-Free Baked Chocolate Donuts with Chocolate Ganache Glaze:

For the donut part of this recipe you will need:

  • rolled oats (gluten-free if desired)
  • unsweetened cocoa powder (I love Whole Foods 365 organic fair-trade brand the best)
  • arrowroot powder (helps to bind them)
  • baking soda and apple cider vinegar (helps them rise to perfection)
  • salt (brings out all that amazing chocolate flavor)
  • plain, unsweetened non-dairy milk (I use almond milk but any plant-based milk will work)
  • maple syrup (to naturally sweeten them)
  • coconut oil (to make them light and buttery)
  • vanilla extract (optional but I love vanilla in all things chocolate)

The glaze is simple and repurposes some of the above ingredients.  All you will need to do is whisk together:

  • melted coconut oil
  • maple syrup 
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • vanilla extract 
  • tiny pinch of fine salt

Plus, you will need a simple donut pan.  You can also use a silicone donut pan and you won’t have to grease it.  I use these dye-free sprinkles.  Unsweetened shredded coconut would also work well in place of sprinkles if you want to keep it totally refined sugar free.  

Baked Healthy Chocolate Donut Recipe

What are the health benefits of unsweetened cocoa powder?

Unsweetened cocoa powder is used in this recipe and is made by roasting and grinding cocoa beans. Years of nutrition research has shown that chocolate may provide health benefits from antioxidants called flavanols found in the cocoa solids (as opposed to the cocoa butter). When consumed in large amounts, studies have shown that flavanols in chocolate may:

  • Lower high blood pressure and decrease levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol leading to decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke
  • Promote lung health and protect against asthma
  • Decrease the risk of diabetes and several types of cancer
  • Benefit the brain and preserve cognitive abilities to lower the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease
  • Improve mood and feelings of pleasure
  • Benefit the vascular system by reducing the risk of blood clots and increasing blood flow in arteries and the heart

Many recipes call for Dutch-processed cocoa powder, which is cocoa powder that has been alkalized to remove the bitter taste. This actually substantially reduces the flavanols (about 65% of the flavanol content is lost).

Like most foods, eating the least processed and most pure form is the healthiest.  Flavanols provide a dark pigment, so visually you can look for a darker color in your cocoa powder for more nutritional benefits. 

Baked Chocolate Donuts Refined Sugar Free

Looking for more delicious vegan and gluten-free chocolate recipes?

There is no shortage of chocolate recipes on this blog.  I truly am a chocoholic at heart and that will likely never change.  Here are some of my favorite chocolate recipes that are ALL dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free and peanut-free.  Most are refined sugar-free as well.

  1. No-Cook, No-Avocado Vegan Chocolate Pudding 
  2. The Best Vegan and Refined Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate (made in your blender!)
  3. Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
  4. Classic Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  5. Protein-Packed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
  6. Homemade Vegan Chocolate 
  7. No-Bake Brown Rice Crispy Treats with Dark Chocolate Shell and Flaked Sea Salt
  8. Creamy Chocolate Fudgesicles
  9. Dark Chocolate Chunk Almond Flour Cookies with Flaked Sea Salt
  10. Healthy Chocolate Smoothie
  11. Healthy Chocolate Mocha Smoothie
  12. Chocolate Microwave Cake for Two (Chocolate Mug Cake)
  13. Instant Vegan Chocolate Mousse
  14. Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Muffins 
  15. Vegan and Gluten-Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now, let’s get to making this amazing Vegan and Gluten Free Baked Chocolate Donuts with Chocolate Ganache Glaze recipe!  It doesn’t contain any refined sugars or nuts either. 

Healthy Baked Chocolate Ganache Donuts

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Vegan Chocolate Donuts